At week 39 with our second, I have to be completely honest – I haven’t done much to “prepare” for breastfeeding this time around.
It’s a completely different feeling.
It’s a combination of just being too damn busy, and having a sense of calm about it all. I’m feeling ready, and just expect that my body will know what to do. On the other hand, if it doesn’t, I’ve been down pretty much every road of breastfeeding challenges there is. I feel confident that I’ll know how to approach each situation as it comes.
This is what I think anyway.
I also know that there’s a chance I might not be prepared at all. I could get in a situation and be completely lost all over again. But if my first gave me any experience at all, it’s experience with being inexperienced. And I made it through. I know in my heart that I will be successful even if it means some struggle, especially at the beginning.
With Maddy I read every book I could and every article there was. And I still have that knowledge to pull from. If he doesn’t latch properly I know that lip tie and tongue tie are hereditary, and I know what to do. The beauty of going through this once already, is that I won’t wait so long this time to take action.
I know what’s normal and what’s not, and how to take each challenge in stride.
I also know that there is a huge community waiting to lift me up should I need them. At the drop of a hat, they’re ready to meet each challenge with me. I know I don’t have to do this alone.
As we all do, my hope is that the road ahead is smooth and straight. A road with no twists and turns to throw us off or get us lost. But regardless of if there is a wrong turn, a storm to go through, or nothing but bright sunny days with a chance to just enjoying the scenery, I know that with this new found confidence and cautious optimism, we’ll be just fine either way.